Livelihood Support for People with Disability
Assist PwDs for gainful and sustainable employment in the mainstream workforce. Particularly focus on PwDs who drop out of the formal education system and are therefore excluded from Government and Non-governmental organization’s programs. APD is committed to achieve and exceed 40% women participation in the program.
APD’s Livelihood Program includes community mobilization, training and placement.
APD identifies working age PwDs in rural and urban groups through public records, community programs, career guidance workshops and collaboration with other developmental organizations, educational institutions and government agencies.
Using a rigorous process of assessment, follow up, sensitization and awareness building, the youth are guided through academic or vocational training paths within APD or at other mainstream institutes.
Training is conducted based on the recommendations of the Placement team along with regular ongoing courses.
Before any domain training PwDs lacking life-skills go through a 2-month foundation course, a unique job-readiness program from APD. The course involves skilling up on self-management, daily living, basic communication, calligraphy and English language, basic mathematics, sign language, and more.
The required PwDs receive therapy support as well as aids & appliances. All candidates can access government entitlement schemes such as pension, disability ID cards, transport passes and more.
Employer Led Training (ELT)
As part of this program, APD identifies candidates (through the recruitment unit) and provides them job-appropriate training for placement in the government or private sector. The curriculum is jointly developed with training partners, tailor-made to the needs of selected employers.
The training period includes capacity building of the potential employers on a rights-based approach to recruitment, induction and mentoring, to promote a work culture that values diversity.
- BPO ELT: Intensive 8-weeks on-the-job training (OJT) and practical sessions to enhance the candidates’ communication, computer, customer service and life skills.
- Hospitality ELT: Intensive 8-weeks training for the hospitality industry, conducted in collaboration with training centres or academic institutions such as the Presidency College of Hotel Management and YUM Academy.
- Retail ELT: Intensive 8-weeks training to equip trainees on communication, customer interaction, labelling and selling.
The Horticulture Training creates livelihood opportunities for PwDs in sustainable agriculture and horticulture – in nurseries, community, landscaping, floriculture, tissue culture and horticulture industry. Trainees also learn communication and cooking. In addition, APD also offers:
- Garden Specialist Training: These are 4-month courses on plants and seeds, watering, potting, compost, manure and other specialized skills.
- Garden Supervisor Training: A 4-months course on money management, customer interaction, computers, gardening and organic products.
- Sustainable Agriculture Livelihood Training: The course educates PwDs on sustainable agricultural practices that also lead to overall development of family and communities.
Industrial Training Institute (ITI)
One of the oldest initiatives of APD, the program offers formal 2-year vocational training that is recognized by the National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT) of the Directorate of General Employment and Training, Government of India.
The intensive courses equip candidates with the skills to work in an industrial setting. The courses offered are:
- Industrial Fitter
- Electronics and Mechanic
APD also offers non-formal fitter and electronics and mechanic training for those PwDs who do not qualify for formal training. These are 6-months courses.
CAREER GUIDANCE AND PLACEMENT CELL (CGP)
APD’s CGP cell caters to all the training units under Livelihood. It works with over 120 prospective employers across Karnataka to nurture and expand employment opportunities for PwDs. Placement is promoted through community job fairs, employer orientation, industrial orientation, field visits and pre-employment training.